Columbus Black International Film Festival Call for Entries

Call for Submissions: The 2nd Annual Columbus Black International Film Festival

The 2nd Annual Columbus Black International Film Festival now opens its CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. If you would like to see an example of the lineup from CBIFF 2017, visit Please contact with questions regarding the festival.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The primary objective of the Columbus Black International Film Festival is to showcase Black filmmakers locally, nationally and internationally, while highlighting a spectrum of stories told by people of the African diaspora. This festival also provides an advantage for filmmakers and the community to learn about the film industry through educational workshops and panel discussions, a safe space to showcase film, and an opportunity to network with the filmmakers in Columbus, OH. Columbus is the heart of America and home to some of the most creative Black filmmakers in the country. CBIFF strives to showcase new and emerging talent as well as talent that has represented our city for years.

GENERAL RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All films must be produced, written or directed by a filmmaker of African descent, and must have been completed on or after June 1, 2014.

Short films: running time 5-25 mins, not to exceed 25 mins
Feature films: running time 90 mins, not exceeding 103 mins
Music videos: running time not to exceed 6 mins
Homegrown, a film made by a Columbus native or a filmmaker exclusively residing in Columbus Ohio; running time guidelines will apply
Documentary Film: running time 5-90 mins

Short: Max 25 pages
Feature: Max 103 pages

Filmmakers will need to send a digital copy of the film in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes if selected.
Filmmakers must be cleared for all copyrighted materials including movie posters and trailers.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit a digital and/or online version of their films in a format such as AVI, FLV, WMV, MP4, MOV, QT, WMV, AVCHD, FLV, H.264, or DivX. If these file formats do not exist, please submit a link to your film on a site such as Vimeo, YouTube, Dailymotion, or MetaCafe. If applicable, include all passwords for video access.

DVD and VHS copies will not be accepted.

Please note: There is a submission fee. With your playable submission, please include a synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements if your film is accepted.

Dates & Deadlines

October 1, 2017 Submissions Open

January 31, 2018 Early bird Deadline

March 31, 2018 Regular Deadline

June 19, 2018 Late Deadline

July 31, 2018 Extended Deadline

August 1, 2018 Notification Date

September 27 – 29, 2018 Event Date

Submit all films via Film Freeway at:

You can ‘Like’ and follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @columbusbiff.

You may view the festival promotional video here:

Please contact CBIFF creator Cristyn Steward at, or Keya Crenshaw, PR contact, at